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healingtime
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Anyone following a candida diet find a way to fight the lethargic/weak feeling from not having any sugar? Sometimes it feels like i might pass out when i go without any, and i'm wondering if anyone has found a way to combat this?
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I've found it best to eat a combination of protein and complex carbs with each meal or else I feel terrible. I also feel best if I eat every 3-4hrs. Sometimes 4hrs is too long.

You can't completely ban sugar, even vegs have some sugar in them. In general I try to avoid eating stuff with Added sugar and refined flour/foods. When I eat whole grains or starches I eat them in moderation.

I also eat lots of protein, dairy, fruits and vegs. Some people do not do well with dairy or gluten so you may want to try eliminating them from your diet for a couple weeks to see if that helps you feel better.

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thanks sammy- yea sometimes i forget even veggies have sugar- probably i need to try putting less time in between meals, i just get caught up doing things

I really do think i would do well with at least having fruit- i had cut that out too along with trying to cut out dairy (except kefir)- so basically ive been eating brown rice, lean meats, nuts and veggies and it is HARD

My diet growing up was not healthy to say the least and i was never limited on sugar so this has been a big thing for me to totally change my eating habits. I do see that the changes i have made like eating more veggies and removing all junk food- has made a positive difference. Thanks again for your response!

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Your welcome healingtime [Smile]

Once you start eating healthier you will lose the craving for sugar and junk food. It gets easier.

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Sometimes for folks that were high sugar, when they cut it out the candida makes them crave it. So you could be having a response to depriving the candida of sugar.
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yea- ive wondered about that- i'm sure i've made my candida pretty upset!
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You will have a yeast die-off reaction for at least a week when cutting sugar/simple carbs out.

But look up grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat. these are ok on a anti-candida diet.

you don't have to eliminate carbs.

Also try to get a protein at every meal. There's a good chance you have blood sugar issues. Very common with Lymies.

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Eating good fat - grassfed beef + chicken, fish, avocadoes etc stabalizes blood sugar. Stabilizes it better than protein, fiber etc.

This is a fact, not an opinion.

Ignore all the advertising about fat is bad yak yak yak.

Your brain is mostly fat. All cell membranes (outer shells), insulation around nerves (meninges) are fat. It is an essential nutrient.

Why is it not mentioned yet in this thread ?

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Ya, good point mass. Good fat is def a necessity.

I've heard hikers and campers generally take trail mix and nuts on their trips and eat that for energy.

I'm assuming the fat gets stored and slowly digested and supplies someone with nutrients throughout their hike.

Simple carbs/sugar are NOT a good source of "energy."

It's temporary and the game you play with insulin is a dangerous one.

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That is great advice canefan and mass- thank you it was encouraging and helpful. I do love my meat so i'm glad to know i can enjoy it safely! The nuts are great too i would hate ever giving those up they're packed with so many good nutrients!
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Yes, nuts and healthy fats are good!!

I have cut my sugar cravings down to nothing by taking Body Biotics... www.upwardquest.com

Love it!

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Eat cinnamin after sugar and it will reduce the content that gets into our blood and fast.

I was amazed and even how I felt different and it saved me from some big sugar mess ups.

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When I first started a low carb high protein diet, pre-Lyme (so Lyme may comlpicate things), I felt very lethargic for the first week or two, and then felt okay, and then great.

Then I added weightlifting, and started having the lightheaded faint feeling when I stood up from bending over. Incidentally, if you do any weight lifting, you need an hour or two a day of extra sleep for your muscles to repair themselves properly, or you can get fatigued.

One point is that your body will switch from burning mostly sugar to burning mostly fat if you reduce your refined carbs enough, but it takes a few days until you have the same amount of energy as before.

Another is that eating a lot of sugar and/or refined carbs makes you retain water. When you stop eating them, you get rid of the water, but for the first few days, you may get dehydrated or unbalance your electrolytes a bit from losing a lot of water in a short time. You can also get faint from dehydration. That stops after a few days, unless you go on and off the diet frequently.

A third thing I figured out is that some extra glucose is usually stored in our muscles. If you don't have enough when you do some exercise, you can run out of steam and feel fatigued and lightheaded.

If you eat a high carb snack, which can be a banana or something reasonably healthy, immediately after exercise, the insulin spike will cause that glucose to be stored in your muscles (which have just been emptied of extra glucose by exercise), so they stay charged up until the next time you exercise.

Another notable thing that happened to me was, when I reduced my carbs very low, I stopped having physical carb cravings, and sometimes I just wasn't hungry (because my blood sugar was stable and not crashing), so I would forget to eat lunch or dinner.

I used to be hungry all the time. I still have emotional carb cravings, but only get the physical ones if I start eating a lot of refined carbs.

On the other hand, I got used to my new diet, and now my appetite seems to switch on and off suddenly. I'm not hungry, and then suddenly I need to eat, and crave protein.

It does help if you eat frequently--3 meals a day and 1-3 snacks, and possibly a high carb snack before or after exercise, if you exercise. Be sure to eat protein and fat every time you eat. Drink lots of water, and eat some salty food if you are frequently dehydrated.

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